If you have a webOS device, now might be the time to start panicking. Hewlett-Packard will shutdown its webOS cloud services on January 15, 2015 — over three years after the company stopped selling devices that run webOS. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that your Pres and TouchPads will become bricks on that date, it does mean that it will be harder (or near impossible) to recover the device in the case of an accident (or forgetfulness when it comes to device passwords).
According to HP, the following actions will be knocked offline for good on January 15:
- Downloading of new apps or updates. The HP App Catalog will be unavailable after the shutdown.
- Backup or restore devices from the cloud
- Setup new devices
- Lost passwords will no longer be recoverable
There will also be no further system updates for webOS devices and you will no longer be able to activate, reset, or transfer credentials from device-to-device once January 15 rolls around.
So we guess this means so long and farewell for webOS. webOS was in many ways ahead of its time when it was first announced in early 2009, but in the end simply ran out of time. Now its old bones are being dragged around in LG Smart TVs and may also get a reprieve in future LG smartwatches.